Photo TR: Alton Towers Scarefest 2009

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Photo TR: Alton Towers Scarefest 2009

Postby Divv3k » Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:43 pm

Hello!

This past weekend the Brit Crew got together for our annual pilgrimage to Alton Towers to check out their Halloween festivities! This was my third consecutive year attending the event and I have to say this was the best yet!

For starters, there was hardly any lines for the rides! Even though the park looked busy I think the longest we waited all day was 20 minutes for Air! Then once night fell pretty much everything was a walk on, which meant such goodness as Nemesis in the dark!

The Halloween offerings were very impressive for the most part. Terror of the Towers has been totally reworked. It's no longer about different actors directing you through. It's now more like a Horror Nights maze in that you keep walking through and scare actors try and scare the bejesus out of you at every turn! Somehow we managed to convince Scottish Steve to partake and I can say I've never seen someone shake in fear as much in my life! Very amusing!

The upcharge mazes were good for the most part too. The Field of 1000 Screams was fantastic, although a bit less about the scares and more about telling a bit of a story. I love walking through that corn and hearing and seeing things shake. It's a great maze.

The Boiler House was good for what was there, unfortunately it was just a bit too short. Compared to the other mazes this one seemed about half the length. Still, what was there was good (and pretty creepy if you don't like knife wielding or freaky masks!), hopefully they'll develop it a bit more in years to come.

Duel also had the lasers switched off and had live actors situated throughout, which for me is a million times better than the shooting version! The only downer was that there didn't seem to be any actors walking around the park like there were last year in Haunted Hollow and the Duel queueline.

The new coaster seems to be coming along too. It looks very similar to Mine Train Ulven at Bakken so far, which is what I expected it to be like. Looking forward to getting back and riding it next year! All in all we had a fantastic day and can't wait for next year!
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Can you believe it? Another year has passed and it’s time for Scarefest once again! The BEST time of the year to visit Alton Towers!
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Here is the crowd of non-educated delinquents who were allowed out for the day to check out the park!
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For what is sure to be the last time ever, we set foot in Ug Land!
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Don’t expect to see anything like this here next year!
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We figured that Rita should be our first port of call seeing as the queue is usually well over an hour. Amazingly I don't think it went over 25 minutes all day!
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The Brit Crew wants to “Hi!" To Southern Steve! Hope you’re enjoying sitting behind a desk while we’re riding Rita!
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Rita was running like it’s usual self, i.e. fun, but nothing out of this world!
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Wonder why all the Rita merchandise is getting sold off cheap?
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Could it be something to do with this?
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ALERT – CONSTRUCTION UPDATE!!!
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Is that water under that piece of track? OMG – AQUATRAX!!!
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Hi Larry! I think you need this!
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Amazingly there was some people in our group who still needed this credit!
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And Brad says he’s not a credit whore!!!
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Onto some Scarefest fun now!

Terror of the Towers is a maze that winds through Towers themselves!
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OMG, can you believe that Scottish Steve is in line for this?!
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Try and contain your excitement Steve!
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This is where it all begins. Will Steve make it through alive?
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He did! Though he’ll never quite be the same again. Neither will Stacey’s shoulders from Steve’s vice like grip!
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Steve’s new best friend says “I’m watching you!”
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A recent addition at the park is, as Brad calls it, Sharkrape Beef!
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I like fish.
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I also like face hugging crabs.
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But more than all I like SHARKS!!! This is reason enough to visit Alton!
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Would you like a Medium Russ? Only eight quid.
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The real reason why Alton Towers is Divv-approved!
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The imaginatively named "Pizza and Pasta Buffet" takes the place of the Pizza Hut this year. Anything with “Buffet” in the name works for us!
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BUFFET!
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This was awesome! And great value too at £6.36 for all you can eat and drink!
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Best Halloween decoration yet!
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Why does Steve look so worried?
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This may be why!
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Unfortunately, Nemesis Live wasn’t quite ready for this year.
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Still, it’s the best coaster in the country and it was running great today!
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I can’t believe this thing is 15 years old already and it still it runs better than any other B&M invert I’ve rode!
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Think it’s good now, Scott? Just wait til it gets dark!
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Air, as expected, was still it’s usual mediocre self.
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But still, we didn’t have to wait long, which is quite a rarity with this!
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The Sky Ride station has certainly seen better days. Hope they get this sorted soon, it’s a lot of walking without it!
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The new area for 2009 is the kiddie themed Cloud Cuckoo Land.
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Sadly there were no Oompa Loompas available to create Charlie and the Chocolate Factory LIVE. This pleased Steve greatly.
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Corkscrew wasn’t the only ride to leave Ug Land after last year. Ug Swinger lives on in Cloud Cuckoo Land as Twirling Toadstools.
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The Brit Crew would like to take this opportunity to say “Hi Erik!”
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Whilst not quite up there with Winjas and Dragon’s Fury, Spinball Whizzer is a great spinner.
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Get the right configuration of people and this thing really throws you around!
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Darkness has fallen, time to check out more Scarefest additions!
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The Field of 1000 Screams is amazing! Getting chased by Zombies in a 6 foot tall corn maze is something I look forward to every October!
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Word of Scottish Steve assaulting 27 scare actors sure caught the local news’ attention!
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The Boiler House was great while it lasted. Sadly it just didn’t last very long. A bit disappointing for an upcharge attraction. Still, hopefully it’ll evolve like the Field has over the years.
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After the mazes we headed back into the park for some night rides. Can you blame us?!
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Scarefest is just an awesome Halloween event that just gets better every year. If you can get to Alton Towers in October then I suggest you do it!
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Seeing as it’s Halloween I’ll leave you with this creepy photo of Southern Steve and I. Hope you enjoyed reading!

Thanks to everyone who came along!

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Postby Stealth Assassin » Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:28 am

Great report Divv, well done for getting this up so quick.

Those pumpkin photos are brilliant =)

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Postby larrygator » Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:54 am

Does Anth insist on doing the water rides in this type of weather?
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Postby Moose » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:10 am

I am astonished that Steve did a maze and am very glad he survived it without having a heart attack.

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Postby TPDave » Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:40 am

^ We had to stretch the truth a *little* bit to get him to go in willingly, at the cost of him never trusting us ever again.

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Postby cfc » Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:58 am

Scottish Steve, I salute you.
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Postby Woogle » Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:15 pm

Very nice report! Like it!

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Postby Divv3k » Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:58 pm

Thanks people!

I think Anth was too spooked by the skeletons on the rapids to ask to do any water rides!

I can't believe Steve bought our story that the only people he'd encounter were "guides" who would give him a historical tour through the Towers!

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Postby cobra_roll06 » Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:19 pm

^I knew that sounded to good to be true! :(

Honestly, I hated every second I was in there, but I am slightly proud of myself for doing it. So I have you evil B@$7@%DS to thank for that! Just don't ever expect me to trust you guys ever again! :P You guys got to see a once in a lifetime show!

And I gotta admit, the final scene with the cages and strobe lighting was pretty damn cool, even if it was the most terrifying part!

Anyway, great report Divv. Absolute top notch weekend!
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Postby Guy T. Koepp » Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:53 pm

Awesome TR Divv! It looks like you all had a blast! =)
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